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Old 04-16-2009, 08:55 AM   #1
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Cry I know he's in pain

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed Zaccheus was running strangely, and said something to DH. He said that he always ran that way, so I let it go.

But Zacchie has stopped jumping up on the bed. At first I figured it was because he knew I would help him, so he was being lazy. But yesterday he wouldn't even jump up on the couch.

I checked him all over, and his right hind leg or hip seems to be the cause of some pain. I can extend his left leg all the way straight, but when I try to extend his right, he softly whimpers and trembles.

After looking through here, and doing some research, I think he may have hip displasia, which I understand is pretty rare in small breeds.

I gave him some Metacam, and will give him another dose this afternoon. I'm trying to see if he may have just pulled a muscle, or just be sore for some reason. His vet is not in today, so I will take him in tomorrow morning for x-rays if he's not feeling better. Right now he will run and walk on it, but when he stands, he holds it up ever so slightly.

Any other ideas?
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:13 AM   #2
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luxating patella
spine - dics issues

You need to bring to the Vet
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My Piper was not jumping on things, kind of walking a little hunched and then started to carry her right leg off and on. Took her to the vets and the vet knew it was her hip and recommended x-rays. She had Legg Perthes Disease which affects the ball of the femur that fits in the hip socket. The bone isn't getting enough of a blood supply and it starts to die. Piper had a couple bone chips floating in the socket and the ball of the femur was pitted, cracked and malformed. She had surgery 4 months ago and is doing great!
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We just sorta when thru this and found out that Hot Rod had grade 3 luxating patella. We are in recuperation from surgery as we speak. Please get him checked out as soon as possible.
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I just got off the phone with Zacchie's vet. (love him! he called me back on his day off!)
He wants to see Zacchie in the morning. I told him all about it, and he said he'd wager it's a luxating patella.
The problem is, I know what that feels like, and it doesn't feel like that.
Anyhow, he said the Metacam is fine for today, and just bring him in tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile, I think I should keep him quiet, but how do I when he just wants to play ball? LOL!
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Your poor little angel! I hope he is ok My little girl just had Luxating Patella surgery and is currently recovering - she was in alot of pain before her surgery as well. I pray that this isn't what your baby has Please keep us posted!

P.S. - Have you already given him a full dose of Metacam today? You are only supposed to give Metacam once daily. Just thought I would let you know
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Your poor little angel! I hope he is ok My little girl just had Luxating Patella surgery and is currently recovering - she was in alot of pain before her surgery as well. I pray that this isn't what your baby has Please keep us posted!

P.S. - Have you already given him a full dose of Metacam today? You are only supposed to give Metacam once daily. Just thought I would let you know
Thanks for making sure I knew that. I did, BTW, but you never know about these things. He had a dose yesterday around 2, and another one about 30 minutes ago. I know it wasn't quite 24 hours, but Dr. Tim said it would be okay. I wasn't sure how being on it would affect any testing he does tomorrow, but he said it was no problem.
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I'm sorry your baby is hurting. Please let us know how it goes at the vet tomorrow. My thoughts and prayers will be with you both.
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Poor baby, I hope its just a pulled muscle.
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Thanks for making sure I knew that. I did, BTW, but you never know about these things. He had a dose yesterday around 2, and another one about 30 minutes ago. I know it wasn't quite 24 hours, but Dr. Tim said it would be okay. I wasn't sure how being on it would affect any testing he does tomorrow, but he said it was no problem.
Oh ok, I didn't know that it had been so close to being 24 hours apart - should be no problem then! I thought that you were giving 2 doses of the same amount on the same day - only hours or so apart. Hope that made sense? LOL.

Your welcome though, and I do pray that everything goes well tomorrow for your sweet baby!
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Oh ok, I didn't know that it had been so close to being 24 hours apart - should be no problem then! I thought that you were giving 2 doses of the same amount on the same day - only hours or so apart. Hope that made sense? LOL.

Your welcome though, and I do pray that everything goes well tomorrow for your sweet baby!
Oh, you made perfect sense, sweetie.
And really. Thanks for caring about my baby.
I hate for him to be in pain.
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Aw, poor little guy! Let us know of his diagnosis!
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My Piper was not jumping on things, kind of walking a little hunched and then started to carry her right leg off and on. Took her to the vets and the vet knew it was her hip and recommended x-rays. She had Legg Perthes Disease which affects the ball of the femur that fits in the hip socket. The bone isn't getting enough of a blood supply and it starts to die. Piper had a couple bone chips floating in the socket and the ball of the femur was pitted, cracked and malformed. She had surgery 4 months ago and is doing great!
Well, cr@p! It looks like Zaccheus has Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease. It is in the very early stages, and we will be managing it for a while with anti-inflamatory drugs and joint support suppliments.
Unfortunately, surgery is not an option for us financially right now, but Doc says he wouldn't even recommend it today if we could. He's got at least a year, maybe two or three before he will be advanced enough to need it. By then, we can be ready.
Meanwhile, thanks for keeping us in your thoughts. I've been an emotional wreck today.
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Well, cr@p! It looks like Zaccheus has Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease. It is in the very early stages, and we will be managing it for a while with anti-inflamatory drugs and joint support suppliments.
Unfortunately, surgery is not an option for us financially right now, but Doc says he wouldn't even recommend it today if we could. He's got at least a year, maybe two or three before he will be advanced enough to need it. By then, we can be ready.
Meanwhile, thanks for keeping us in your thoughts. I've been an emotional wreck today.
Ahhhh....I am so sorry that was the results. I did suspect FHO
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Bless his little heart! I hope the anti inflamatory pills work well for him to ease the pain. You never know...maybe it will be a very slow developing thing! It is good that he still wants to play ball and all though! Poor little guy. KISSES TO HIM!
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